So though I am still only half-way through the book, I will share a few quotes with you to give you a taste of the it and hopefully make you smile:
On moms and hairdressers (page 8):
Mom gave me $20 this morning to get my hair cut. She likes me to get it professionally styled in a salon where they play loud music rock music. That way I can come out looking like a successful real estate agent, junior division.
On having to cook a family dinner (page 170):
"This tastes like shit!" slurred Dad.
"It's Thai food, Dad," I explained. "It's supposed to be spicy."
"Thai food!" he bellowed. "Who ever heard of Thai meat loaf!"
"It's a synthesis of Thai and American cuisines," I elaborated.
"You're doing this deliberately! You're taking expensive groceries and deliberately sabotaging them. To get out of doing your work!"
Obviously the alcohol had not entirely impaired Dad's analytical faculties.
Wondering what parents' worst nightmare is (page 260):
"That you will marry an American?" suggested Apurva.
"That you will never leave home?" proposed Francois.
"No," replied Vijay, "it is that you will ruin your life and bring disgrace and financial hardship upon the family."
Wow, if that's true I may qualify as my parents' worst nightmare come true.